I'm incredibly late with this, but better late than never. This is the 5th commitment for Pat Knight and his 2011 recruiting class as SG Toddrick Gotcher commits to the Red Raiders. For those of us who have been complaining that PK has recruited too many JUCO band-aids, this is five high school commits for the 2011 class. It may not be pretty after this year, but this is the right way to build a program.
The Player Speaks: It's been tough to find much of anything on Gotcher actually committing to Texas Tech, but there's lots of news on Gotcher. Last year, Gotcher averaged 17.6 points per game, 2.3 assists, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.1 steals per game for his Garland Lakeview squad. Gotcher talked with The Recruit Scoop about some of his school choices and this is what he had to say about Texas Tech:
Texas Tech: “The school is also close to home,” he said. “I can be a star there and turn the program around. The coaching staff is great and the system they run is nice. The fact that it is in the Big 12 and has a great campus makes the environment an amazing place for me.” Toddrick will take an official visit to Texas Tech on September 25th.
All of this is true. I think that Gotcher and Petteway have the ability to be stars on this team.
Gotcher was named one of the top 30 2011 prospects by DFWBasketballNews.com (remember that fellow Texas Tech commit Jordan Tolbert is also on this list) and was one of the top 3 players on his AAU team (scroll down to April 6, 2010).
Video: No dice.
Scouting Report: I found two scouting reports on Gotcher. ESPN has a report, basically saying that he's an explosive shooter and scorer, but just needs to improve his strength. The Recruit Scoop also has a scouting report on Gotcher:
A 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Garland, Texas; Toddrick is an elite three point shooter. He can shoot the rock from NBA range and has the consistency, as well. Gotcher can also get to the hole when he wants. Being ambidextrous really helps him out as he can do a lot and switch hands. His defense is another superb part of his game. Without the ball, Gotcher struggles a bit. He needs to work on that along with going off the dribble. Otherwise, he will make a school happy with his “3′s and D.”
Yes, more of this please.
Toddrick, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!
The 2011 Class: This is the first table I've put out there. Let me know if I've got anything wrong. Some of the prior recruits had their profiles updated (i.e. Wagner was not rated by ESPN, but he is now). I didn't see where any basketball players are given a Rivals Rating and I may take out that column if it doesn't get updated soon.
|Estacado (Lubbock, TX)
|Lakeview Centennial (Garland, TX)
|Ball (Galveston, TX)
|All Saints' Episcopal (Ft. Worth, TX)
|Christian Life Center Academy (Humble, TX)